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Identification and Creation

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Unidentified Artist
One of a Pair of James II Cups and Stands
Other Titles
Alternate Title: One of Pair of James II Silver-gilt Cups and Stands
Work Type
Creation Place: Europe, United Kingdom, England, London
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Physical Descriptions

5 x 12.7 cm (1 15/16 x 5 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • hallmark: underside, struck: lion passant, leopard's head, date letter
  • maker's mark: underside, struck: FS / s [under a crown] [unidentified]


Recorded Ownership History
Francis Hall (1856-1915) of Park Hall, Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire, by descent to Francis Hall. [Christie's, London, July 20, 1915, lot 99 (bt. Gooden & Fox)]. [Anonymous sale (P.D. Griffiths), Christie's, London, November 19, 1919, lot 89 (bt. Schwerze)]. Sir John Noble, 1st Bt. (1865-1938), by descent; to his son Sir Andrew Noble, 2nd Bt. [Christie's, London, November 24, 1943, lot 58]. [James Oakes, Ltd., London]. Richard George Meech, [Q.C. sale, The Meech Collection, Sotheby's, New York, October 22, 1993, lot 49]. The Whiteley Trust, [sale, Silver from the Collection of the Whiteley Trust, Christie's, London, June 13, 2000, lot 13], sold; to Harvard Art Museums, 2000.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Paul Clarke Stauffer Fund
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European and American Art

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The stand has a low spreading foot, the undersides applied with trefoil cut-cardwork. It has gadrooned borders and the top surface is engraved with a band of foliate scrolls issuing from the mouths of grotesque male masks, inhabited with birds. The shallow cup has a lobed spreading foot. The lower part of the body is applied with trefoil cut-cardwork, the upper part is finely engraved with foliate scrolls. There are two cast beaded scroll handles with grotesque bird and hound masks.

Publication History

  • Royal Ontario Museum, English Silver: A Catalogue to an Exhibition of Seven Centuries of English Domestic Silver, exh. cat., Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, 1958), p. 30, repr. in b/w as fig. 35
  • J.F. Hayward, Huguenot Silver in England, 1688-1727, Faber & Faber (London) (London, 1959), p. 49, repr. in b/w as plate 45a
  • Christopher Hartop, British and Irish Silver in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge, Mass. and New Haven, 2007), pp. 77-80, cat. no. 41, repr. p. 77, details repr. pp. 77-78

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